Gorillaz Treat Debut Album to 20th Anniversary Box Set

The eight-disc reissue features B-sides, demos and live recordings

BY Kaelen BellPublished Nov 4, 2021

Gorillaz have announced a 20th anniversary reissue of their debut album Gorillaz, featuring B-sides, demos and a collection of live recordings. A limited run of first edition box sets will drop December 10, with a wider release arriving sometime in late 2022. 

The expansive, eight-disc Gorillaz (20th Anniversary Super Deluxe Vinyl Boxset) combines the original album, B-side collection "G-Sides" and the dub and reggae remix album Laika Come Home which hasn't been available on vinyl previously.

There's also a live recording of their 2001 gig from London's Kentish Town Forum, plus a 27-page DMC dossier of "leaked documents, memos, faxes and some early Jamie Hewlett drawings, assumed lost in a fire."

Gorillaz drummer Russel Hobbs said of the boxset: "Whistles have been blown. Truths have come to light. What started out as a trip down memory lane took a damn sideways turn into the heart of darkness. They say the past is another country. Turns out, it's a whole other dimension."

The band is also planning an in-theatres premiere of their 2020 livestream Song Machine Live alongside the December limited-edition release. The livestream was originally recorded at their Kong Studios HQ in London, featuring guest appearances from Leee John, Georgia, Peter Hook, Kano, Slowthai, Slaves, Robert Smith and Matt Berry.

The stream will be available in theatres for one day only, on December 8. 

Earlier this year, the band surprise-released the three-track Meanwhile EP. Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn is releasing his second solo album The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows on November 12.

See the band's Instagram post about the film below. 

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